Klich reveals Bielsa awe

Leeds United

Mateusz Klich has revealed his Poland team-mates are jealous of him being able to work day-in-day-out with Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds.

Bielsa has taken Elland Road by storm since taking charge in 2018, revolutionising the club’s style of play with his forward-thinking tactics, always imploring his players to attack from all over the field.

The Argentine’s methods are world-renowned, with the likes of Mauricio Pochettino and Pep Guardiola regularly namechecking him as their inspiration.

Poland have a multi-talented squad, filled with quality all over the field, most notably in attack where they can boast captain Robert Lewandowski, Arkadiusz Milik and Krzysztof Piatek.

Even these players are still looking to learn though and often quiz Klich on what goes on at Thorp Arch.

The Whites finished in the play-off spots last term and their promotion push is on with them sitting third in the Championship table after 16 matches, heading into the international break on the back of wins over Queens Park Rangers and Blackburn Rovers.

After an excellent last 18 months at Elland Road, the 29-year-old is now a regular in the international set-up, featuring alongside former West Brom man Grzegorz Krychowiak in the engine room.

Klich, who signed a new four-and-a-half-year contract last week, says he is always popular when the Bialo-czerwoni meet up, admitting his colleagues are relentlessly interested in what goes under Bielsa.

“When I explain how we train, and what we do, how it looks, they can’t believe,” he said. “Obviously Marcelo is different from other managers, and no one trains like us, and no one has less days off than we have.

“Of course he’s a very interesting coach, Marcelo, and everyone asks about him. I went for the first national team after a long break, and every journalist wanted to ask about him.”